The crowds on the sidewalk in front of the Supreme Court for the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade last Friday were smaller than in recent years. An impending winter storm, which later blanketed the city in almost two feet of snow, sent many of those who planned to attend the annual March for Life, an anti-abortion rally, home early in the hopes that they wouldn't get stranded in the nation's capital indefinitely.
But the brewing blizzard didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the roughly 10,000 remaining marchers who walked the streets of D.C. declaring "pro-life and pro-women go hand in hand," a new message from the anti-abortion movement meant to recast opposition to legal abortion as a feminist issue. Nor did it deter the 100 abortion rights supporters and opponents who protested in front of the court to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the landmark decision that made abortion legal in all 50 states. With two sets of loudspeakers blaring stories of abortion regret from one camp and testimonies of injuries from illegal abortions from the other speakers, each faction argued that they were the ones most concerned about what was best for the health and safety of women.